Witness testimony often conflicts in car accident cases. One driver might swear that they had the right-of-way, while another testifies that it was theirs. Furthermore, many accidents occur without cameras or other surveillance. It’s often difficult to prove what really happened.
How do you win a car accident case with conflicting witness testimony? First, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny for experienced personal injury assistance. Many car accident cases hinge on four major factors. Having a lawyer on your side makes it more likely that you’ll win your case.
Here’s How to Win a Car Accident Case When Testimony Conflicts:
- Credibility: Driver credibility goes a long way toward convincing a jury that an accident happened the way you say it did. “Credibility” is a holistic assessment. Juries might consider whether your statements are consistent, whether your version of the events is plausible and whether you appear to be telling the truth. Other factors, like a past criminal history or your general demeanor, can also affect your credibility. Your lawyer will help you understand how to present yourself as a credible witness.
- Physical evidence: Physical evidence will play a big role in a case with conflicting testimony. Physical evidence includes photographs of the scene, especially the damage done to each vehicle. If the physical evidence supports your version of the case, the jury is more likely to rule in your favor. This is why it’s so important to get photos of the scene and vehicle damage.
- Police report: A police report can be helpful, since law enforcement is generally perceived as a neutral, official third party. Juries tend to believe their testimony. If your police report has inaccurate information, try to get that corrected as soon as possible. Your lawyer may also have suggestions about how to address any inconsistencies.
- Eyewitness testimony: Finally, if there are eyewitnesses to the accident, they can testify as to what they saw. Juries tend to believe third-party eyewitnesses, since they have nothing to gain or lose by testifying. If their version of the accident supports yours, that will help prove the other driver was at fault.
These factors can also help present a strong case to the defendant’s insurance company, since most car accident claims settle out of court. If you’ve been in an accident, the Law Offices of Tim Misny can review your evidence, explain whether you have a strong case and help you understand your legal options.
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